Watching Your Cholesterol
Watching our cholesterol levels and intake is maybe one of the most overlooked things persons do. Often times we say that foods high in cholesterol actually taste good. However over time, as the cumulative effects of taking in cholesterol packed foods happen, it can lead to clogged arteries, heart attack, strokes and a few more life threatening situations.
Maybe it is familiar that we need to manage our cholesterol, or, we know of someone who has started the regime to lower their cholesterol levels, but a reminder is always helpful. Cholesterol does not dissolve in the blood. By the way it is contained in a whole lot of the foods that you eat.
- For Example:
Butters & Margarine or products loaded with such
Fatty Meats & Sausages
Full Fat Cheese, Milk, Yogurts & Creams
What is also important is that cholesterol is produced by our bodies as well. Therefore, to add more or an excess of this to what is already made naturally by our body means that it needs to be stored somewhere or it will continuously circulate in our blood stream
By finding out which foods have high amounts of cholesterol, you can manage your consumption of them, and you can quickly get to restoring yourself to better health. Many of us may have a have high cholesterol level in our blood stream, and just not aware of it. It can be a silent killer.
At some point in time we all need to find a medical doctor and get tested for our cholesterol levels. And even if the results are high or not, we need to begin to watch how much of it that we consume day in and out.
If you increase the fiber foods and fruits content in your diet, you can drop your cholesterol content significantly over time.These along with eliminating our levels of trans fats, while increase foods high in omega-3 fatty acids all help, and is a move in the right direction.
It is important to know our numbers so that we can take action and maybe start up on the right away to handling our cholesterol levels. This raised levels do also contribute significantly to elevated blood pressures.
This mixed with our regular day-to-day challenges including our stress levels is not a good formula.
Cholesterol levels for adults. Total cholesterol levels less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are considered desirable for adults. A reading between 200 and 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high and a reading of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high. LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL…. www.medicalnewstoday.com
Note: A High blood cholesterol can contribute to an elevated blood pressure.
Simply starting with managing our diets, could lower our blood cholesterol. Included in this gradual change in diet should be our dietitian, to guide our food decisions, and dietary choices. Additionally it may be wise under the guidance of our medical doctor or personal trainer to start with a mild form of exercise.
Never go shopping when you are hungry – as the pangs of hunger, can cause you to make bad decisions in food choices and grab foods which are high in salt and high in fat.
Increasing our fiber is not only in the consumption of oats but also inclusion of varied fruits and vegetables. High fiber foods keep you feeling fuller longer, as well as acting to lower cholesterol, and they also encourage the intake of more water, which act to keep our bodies hydrated.
The fiber acts as a fuel, which also promotes the reduction in cholesterol levels. It works in conjunction with our liver acting to “pull” cholesterol from our blood to make bile acid, in our liver.
Cholesterol plays a role in contributing to many of our health problems. It must be noted though that too low a cholesterol is also bad, since it has been found that depression and anxiety can also be as a result of too low cholesterol.
A blood test is really one of the ways to identify your cholesterol levels and it is important to repeat these tests every 4 or so years. This must be done in consultation with your medical practitioner who may also suggest a fitness routine or dietary changes.